Death Stalks the 5th Phantom

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Death Stalks the 5th Phantom
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Start date: December 1st, 2013
End date: May 25th, 2014
# of strips: 26
Writer: Tony DePaul
Artist: Terry Beatty
Original colorist: Terry Beatty
Preceded by: "Mandrake's Bon Voyage"
Followed by: "The Ghost Story"

"Death Stalks the 5th Phantom" is the 179th Phantom Sunday story. The story was written by Tony DePaul and drawn by Terry Beatty.

Plot synopsis

The Phantom returns home wounded after a leave of absence and decides to tell Diana, Kit and Heloise the tale of a similar situation involving the 5th Phantom and his courageous wife, Juliet Adams.

In the tale, Juliet Adams went on her own to rescue the then-current Phantom from Juan Muerto's pirates, switching places with one of their female prisoners at one point.


Recurring characters

One-time characters




  • Various sea ships


  • The Phantom Chronicles book

Old jungle sayings

  • "Whoever sees the phantom`s unmasked face will die a horrible death."

Behind the scenes

  • Most of the plot set in the past is explicitly stated to happen in 1652.
  • When the story was published in Sweden, it was edited so the story was about the 15th Phantom instead of the 5th Phantom, to be in line with the previously published edit of the story "Captain Amazon - Pirate Queen". This edit was later used in Norway as well.

Related stories

Refers to


This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "Ο Θανατος Παραμονευει τον 5ο Φαντομ" (romanized as "O Thanatos Paramonevei ton 5o Fantom"), Blek #30 (2023)

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  • "¡La muerte acecha al quinto Fantasma", El Informador July 26, 2015 – January 17, 2016

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